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House of Echoes

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  3,509 ratings  ·  724 reviews
In this enthralling and atmospheric thriller, one young family’s dream of a better life is about to become a nightmare.
Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school.
When Ben inherits land in the vill
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Ballantine Books
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Kristine Hall I don't think he was in on it, and I think they likely just let him go back to the school, which was in a different town anyhow. …moreI don't think he was in on it, and I think they likely just let him go back to the school, which was in a different town anyhow. (less)

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Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
this is a gothic horror novel that has a very classic feel to it. it doesn't try to transcend the genre or break any metafictional ground but it does deliver a solid, if familiar, smalltown thriller.

the premise is one we have seen before: young family tries to escape their problems by moving from big city to quaint small town only to discover that they have unwittingly barged into a very close-knit community with shared history and unspeakable seeecrets and this move has most assuredly not been
Laurie  |  LOHF
I received this book from Netgalley with the unspoken promise that I would write a review. So here it is:

So, this here book has been haunting me for over two months and not in a creeptastically good way. It became (if only in my head) the book that would not end and the book I had to finish because I had invested so much of my free time. I swear the word count got larger every time I closed my Kindle App. Moral of this story? If everything in you screams at you to DNF a book just do it because s
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Ben Tierney's grandmother has died and left him and his brother the old family house and the land that belongs to it. He learns that the Croft, the family Swann's old home is for sale while being there and inspecting the old family house. Ben and Caroline, his wife, feels like that would be the perfect place to start over since they had a rough year. They move to the Croft and start to renovate the house to make it into an inn. Charlie and Bub, their children, seem to love the place and Charlie ...more
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts
A solid and enjoyable debut from Brendan Duffy: a gothic style mystery that had excellent pacing with subtle clues that can be easily missed, and those are my favorite kind. There is a constant feeling that something ominous is quietly lurking behind every page. Duffy never lets us get too comfortable. There are no tricks and no gimmicks here, just good, old-fashioned storytelling. I did feel like the author lost a little steam at the end, not quite knowing exactly how to wrap things up and kind ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 it has been awhile since I have read a horror novel, not because I don't like them but because I haven't found many that don't include vampires or zombies. This one fit the bill nicely. Has a flavor and tome that reminded me of Salem's lot or, Children of the corn, though the children in this book are not the villains.

Moving into a huge old place, The Croft, in Ben's grandmother's old village, he and his family hope to make a new start. Caroline has plans to renovate the place and make it in
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
At first, the more I got into this book, the more it reminded me of another thriller, Chris Bohjalian's THE NIGHT STRANGERS. A man (here he's a writer with writer's block) and his wife (she has some mental health issues) and two kids (boys in this case) move to an old fixer-upper mansion in small-town New England, where the house and surrounding forest are of a foreboding nature, to say the least. I loved C.B.'s book, and this one maybe even more. Right up until the end, that is, when it just go ...more
Jeremiah Seyrak
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so scary I would not recommend it to be made in to a film. Amazing read!
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This is truly one of those "ok" ratings. Not bad, not good, but kind of boring and stereotypical of the gothic-thriller genre. The premise is good, intriguing even in it's 'been done many times before' theme. But I never really felt any depth or connection with the characters and their actions were always so damn predictable.

Ben and Caroline Tiernny escape their high-paced city life and retreat to a quaint little village where Ben's family descended from, Swannhaven. Not only do they p
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
2.5 stars.

HOUSE OF ECHOES is the first novel by author Brendan Duffy. A gothic style mystery that centers around a small town that obstinately clings to its past and each other, forsaking all "outside" influence.

It begins with a typical "family looking to get away from city troubles" theme, and inheriting property that they never knew existed from a deceased relative. The family gave off the impression of being strangers co-existing, rather than an actual family. The only character I felt I "kne
Victoria (RedsCat)
I am always in pursuit of great creepy thrillers. Especially a good story that adds some historical fiction flavor. Maybe haunted, maybe not. Just as long as it gives the creepy tingle up the spine. House of Echoes is that story.

It has perfect pacing, starting out in the hazy, dreamy days of summer. Something is not right with the inn the Tierney's are renovating and living in, and there's something off about the small, unfriendly village where it's located. And the creepiness sets in.

The storyt
A very solid, enjoyable horror thriller with a great cast of characters, and a steady storyline that kept me interested thru to the end.
It’s narrators of the audiobook were George Newbern and Allyson Ryan. They were also very good.
Recommended to anyone interested, and I give this novel 3.5 stars.
In a genre that relies on a dark atmosphere, suspense, mystery and dark secrets from both the past and the present, Brendan Duffy’s House of Echoes is a breath of fresh contemporary air. A young family of four already burdened with inner turmoil leaves the pressures of city life behind to re-create themselves in a quiet small town and a dilapidated old mansion. Little do they know their dream life will turn into a nightmare from Hell even as the good citizens of the town appear to offer kindness ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, debut
I gave this book 3 stars and I might go 3.5. The book is about a family trying to escape the busy and sometimes dangerous life of a big city. While looking at property his grandmother left to him and his brother Ted, Ben Tierney talks to his wife Caroline about possibly moving to the village of Swannhaven. The Tierney's decide to buy a large mansion on the Drop, fix it up and open a bed and breakfast. They are hoping for a slower paced life and a safer life for their two sons, Charlie and Bub. H ...more
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Random House Publishing Group/Ballantine, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Brendan Duffy’s HOUSE OF ECHOES is a suspense psychological thriller of one family’s journey, leaving you page-turning into the wee hours of the morning.

A family in trouble, the Tierneys need to get away for a fresh start. When Ben inherits some land overlooking the village of Swannhaven, from his grandmother, in a remote area of upstate New York, they decide to leave Ma
Freda Malone
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This book reminds me of thriller movies such as 'The Shining' and 'Rosemary's Baby' with a twist of an author Dean Koontz. These of course, are some of my favorites. My imagination coupled with a talented writer is clearly vivid if I can't read a book in the dark with just a book light or alone. I finally resorted to finishing this book in the comfort of my home, in daylight, with curtains open, lamps blazing and my dog by my side.

The writing and style hooked me from the very beginning. A class
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
House of Echos by Brendan Duffy is a 2015 Ballantine Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It seems that the good old fashioned chiller is a thing of the past, replaced by blood, gore, and slashers, with as much nauseating violence as possible. The understated, atmospheric, spine tingling suspense that makes you jump at every little noise in the house, is a lost art, for the most part.

However, in “House of Echos”,
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
ARC for review.

"Ben had wanted a house with a story, but this one had too many of them."

Ben is a man with problems. He's a writer in a sophomore slump, his banker wife lost her job during the recession (and her bi-polarity emerged as a result) and his son is being bullied at school. Time to pick up and move the country, and you know that always turns out well.

With a small inheritance received from his grandmother Ben and Caroline buy and begin to renovate a mansion in tiny Swannhaven, the same
This debut novel is entertaining, though not really breaking any new ground with its premise. A young family, struggling both financially and in their marriage have moved from the city to a crumbling 65-room manor which they plan to restore and use as a country inn/bed-and-breakfast type establishment. They work to rehab the house, but soon the weight of the house’s history becomes apparent. From the very first pages, Duffy creates an ominous tone that hints at more darkness to come.

It’s a poli
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
It's a shame, this book. I read the blurb and it immediately interested me, but you never know what you are going to get with these "family tries to grow closer after a traumatic event so they go to a more solitary location" type stories. The writing, while solid, seemed to focus mostly on the details of the locations and surroundings rather than the characters and their relationships, which ultimately bored me.

The novel focuses on Ben, an author struggling to find the inspiration with his lates
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
I already know what my new years resolution will be for 2016: run screaming from books with hype surrounding them. That has been the major theme of my reading year. It's been one disappointment after another. Unless it has Moon in it, I'm running away screaming. Damn it. God. I want alcohol.

I feel like calls for a quote from the Evil Overlords list:

7. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and sho
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Initially I liked this but it fell short with so many plot holes. The suspensefull writing led to nothing much in the ending. I had a hard time liking any characters and for me that is key to liking a story!
Caroline was so drole and whiney. Ben was pretty useless. Neither of these people were good parents and Charlie was portrayed as a very unrealistic child. The best part of this novel was the descriptions of the cold winter and the surroundings of the town.
Dawn G
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book! Duffy is a very atmospheric writer with the ability to create that dark/eerie setting that so few authors are capable of creating. If I was sitting around a campfire listening to scary tales, I’d want Duffy to be the storyteller. It is hard to believe that this is his debut novel and I am anxiously awaiting his next release.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy is a very highly recommended, delightfully chilling, creepy, and atmospheric novel with Gothic overtones that will hold your attention from the beginning to the end.

Ben and Caroline Tierney have bought the Crofts, an old stone mansion built in the 1700s near the village of Swannhaven in the mountains of remote upstate New York. They plan to turn it into a destination inn. They needed to leave the city and believe that fixing up and remodeling the old house will p
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Announcing another Best of 2015! HOUSE OF ECHOES is a very special novel, one that will refuse to be forgotten for a very long time. If you loved Garth Stein 's 2014 release A SUDDEN LIGHT as much as I did, you will also fall in rapture with HOUSE OF ECHOES. Both are supremely literary, set on family estates, with spooky elements; both are superbly written, engrossing, captivating, and unforgettable.

Ben Tierney and wife Caroline purchase a vast property i
T.N. Suarez
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A young family’s dream quickly becomes a nightmare in this distinctive thriller, when they move to a remote area of New York State to renovate a poorly maintained estate. A succession of disconcerting happenings supervene their progress—literally and figuratively. Plagued by marriage troubles, mental illness, and a son’s public humility; the lurking, malevolent force could either break up their frail family or draw them together.

The House of Echoes spawns a feeling of slow-gathering unease, pro
May 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I will make this short and concise, it started of good but the only 'echoe' I heard was boredom.

Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, mystery
Brendan Duffy's debut novel House of Echoes appears to cover a lot of old Gothic horror and mystery ground. Ben and Caroline Tierney, torn by several unfortunate turn of events, inherits a suitably large and forbidding house in the country. It appears to be a second chance for them. They plan to make it into a bed and breakfast inn and at first things are going well. But soon strange happenings occur. Their son is spending a lot of time in the woods, eviscerated animal corpses appear on their la ...more
Darcia Helle
I love old-fashioned, scary stories. No vampires or zombies. No gratuitous gore. Just a realistic story that makes me shiver with dread. With that in mind, I was looking forward to this book. In some ways, I got what I hoped for. In other ways, the book fell short.

First, Brendan Duffy excels at creating atmosphere. I was in that small town, looking at the huge home on the hill with awe. I stepped inside and felt that glimmer of hope mixed with the tremble of fear. Those surrounding woods felt bo
Paula Cappa
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Subtle is certainly this story’s most accurate adjective, along with evocative and creepy and well-written. I read this book from my local library. Family saga for sure and a cold, distant one at that. This novel is an easy, slow read with a few gruesome turns and an ending that kind of threw me. Not because of the action or resolution because that is well built into the plot. And I think the plotting is well constructed, meandering, if you like a story that floats you along. The whole book is w ...more
Kat | Rustic Pages
My rating: 3.5/5

House of Echoes is a debut Gothic horror novel about what is suppose to be a family’s fresh start, but quickly turns into a nightmare. This book is told through three perspectives- Ben, Caroline, and their eldest son, Charlie. The latter was my personal favorite as it held some of the creepiest scenes concerning the “Watcher” in the woods. There are also letters sprinkled throughout the book from 1777 telling the tragic story of what had happened in the house prior.

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Brendan Duffy is a Melbourne-based speculative fiction writer with a doctorate in molecular genetics and current interests ranging from the history of biocontrol disasters to epidemiology, with an extended stopover at table tennis. Brendan is a member of SuperNOVA writers' group, and his stories, 'Louder Echo' and

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